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Spectacular Costa Rica Fishing – Your Guide to Where and When to Go

jessicajack September 15, 2021

If you can’t wait to get away from Old Man Winter, a Costa Rica fishing trip may be just the thing to recharge your batteries! There are several Costa Rica vacation packages available online for sport fishing. With dozens of world fishing records under its belt, Costa Rica is said to have the best ocean fishing in the world.

Sure, you can dip a line into a small frozen lake or stream next to your house. Those little fishes and sunnies were fun when you were little. Long johns, parkas and electric socks and sitting for hours on cold ice, butt numb from the cold and sitting in a little ice shack all day.

Now you are a big boy. Isn’t it time to have big kids fishing? Swap out the shoveling snow until your back aches, runny nose, and depressing weather for shorts and a fun-looking tropical shirt costa rica fishing charters. Put away your Chapstick, take out your suntan lotion, head to tropical beaches where you can fish in crystal clear waters without a care in the world.

Not sure where or when to take that fishing trip in Costa Rica? No problem. Here’s the skinny straight.

Start with the basics. Just a couple of hours south of Miami is Costa Rica. With approximately 780 miles of coastline on two great oceans, it is a mecca for saltwater fishing. So many places to fish, where to start?

Here you have an idea. Follow Columbus. More than 500 years ago, that famous explorer landed on the Caribbean coast in a place so incredible that he called it — Costa Rica — Costa Rica. It was full of fish, full of sea turtles. Since it was good enough for Columbus, it is good enough for you, intrepid fisherman.

On the Atlantic coast, you will find the world famous Tortuguero National Park and the fishing waters of Barra del Colorado all the way to the Nicaraguan border. The seas here can be very rough, but when the waters are flat, this is a fishing paradise! From May to November, silver shad is abundant here, and they can reach weights of up to 150 pounds. If you are very lucky, you may land a rare sail from the Atlantic. This is also a great place for large bass. Jack crevalle, guapote, giant grouper and tripletail can also be fished here. And be sure to visit Tortuguero’s world famous green sea turtle nesting beaches.

To get to Barra del Colorado or Tortuguero National Park, you will have to go by boat because there are no roads. This is a wild country. Typically, people travel to Limón, a small Caribbean community, by plane, car, or express bus, and then head north by boat.

But — and this is a secret — some of the best shad fishing anywhere in the world now has a correct path! Literally a few kilometers from where Columbus made landfall, there is a place that some fishermen call the “mother lode” of shad and snook fishing. Visit the Gandoca-Manzanillo Wildlife Reserve along the southern Caribbean coast of Costa Rica, almost on the border with Panama.

Deserted beaches for miles, crystal clear waters and when the tarpon is in, fabulous fishing. Fishing is good year-round here, but the best months for tarpon are usually March, April, May, and September to October. And, if you come between March and July, you will also be able to see sea turtles nesting.

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